oleander[ō′lē an′dər, ō′lē an′dər]
Pink oleander flowers.
a poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family, with fragrant flowers of white, pink, or red and narrow, leathery leaves
Origin of oleanderMedieval Latin earlier also lorandrum: altered ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin rhododendron
A poisonous Eurasian evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) with narrow leathery leaves, widely cultivated for its showy fragrant white, rose, or purple flowers. Also called rosebay.
Origin of oleanderMedieval Latin, probably alteration (influenced by Latin olea, olive) of Late Latin lorandrum, rhododendron, alteration (probably influenced by Latin laurea, lōrea, laurel, because of its similar-shaped leaves) of Late Latin rodandrum, from Latin rhododendron; see rhododendron.
- (botany) Nerium oleander, a notoriously poisonous shrub in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, but nonetheless widely grown as an ornamental.